See the 2023 King Charles III Stakes Preview and results
See the 2022 George Main Stakes Preview and results
See the 2021 George Main Stakes Preview and results
See the 2020 George Main Stakes Preview and results
The George Main Stakes was first run in 1945 over a distance of 8 furlongs (about 1600 metres) and was won by Modulation. The race has remained at the same distance and was converted to 1600 metres in 1972. It became a Group 1 race in 1980 and was run at Warwick Farm in 1983 and 2001. In 2007 it was not held because of equine influenza (EI) which disrupted the Spring Carnival.
George Main was a former chairman of the Australian Jockey Club. He also bred racehorses and ran sheep with his wife Mary on their grazing property “Retreat” west of Cootamundra on the southwest slopes of New South Wales. The race named in his honour attracts top class milers and solid 2000 metre horses.
Several races are used as lead-ups including the NJC Spring Stakes (1600 metres) and Cameron Handicap (1400 metres) both ran at Newcastle, the Theo Marks Stakes (1300 metres), Shannon Quality Handicap (1500 metres) and Gloaming Stakes (1800 metres for 3YOs) at Rosehill, and the Chelmsford Stakes (1600 metres) at Randwick. The winner of the George Main is exempt from a ballot on the Epsom Handicap, and horses who run well head for the Epsom.
In 2020 Chris Waller had four runners and they were the first four home.
In 2023 it was renamed in honour of the new king. The first running of the King Charles III Stakes carries prizemoney of $5 million.